How to Keep Your Dog Away From Your Flower Beds

August 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to Keep Your Dog Away From Your Flower Beds 

Summary: Dogs tend to let their curiosity take over when it comes to playing outside. This could end up with you seeing your beloved plants trampled and destroyed.

Are you searching for a solution that’ll prevent your garden from being destroyed by your furry friend? Here are some tips that’ll protect your beloved garden from being “doghandled” while you’re away.

Block Off Your Garden Area

Flower beds tend to be an alternate resting spot for your pup. Simply drive some small, stubby stakes into the ground throughout the flower bed and they’ll essentially deter them away from your garden. Additionally, if you want your dog to stay out of freshly mulched or seeded beds, try planting some thorny branches into the ground at regular intervals. This way, if they try sniffing around, they’ll be met with a small prick. If you’re thinking this can result in some serious damage to your dog’s nose, many pitbull breeders do this to keep them away from damaging any gardens that they might have.

A wire fence surrounding your flower bed might be an eyesore for many, but it’s an effective way to keep your dog from running wild amongst your garden. And, they’ll know it’s a “no entry” zone when they go near it and won’t even try to enter the territory.

Many homeowners tend to hit their dog and yell at them frequently when they go near the garden. While this might deter them from entering the area, curiosity tends to get the best of them, especially when they see something they want to chase after. You’ll need a solid barrier to prevent them from jumping over or entering your garden. Remember, physical and verbal abuse is never the solution when you’re training your little one.

Create a Separate Playground for your Dog

If you’re looking to prevent dogs from digging in the ground, the experts at Iron King Kennels, have stated that creating a separate play area with a bare spot of soil typically does the trick. Try digging a large and shallow hole and gently nudge them towards it. If they feel comfortable in that area, they’ll know that that’s their designated spot to dig around and bury their toys, as opposed to your garden.

Another useful gardening tip to help protect your dog from getting fleas is to use cedar chips for pathways in beds. This deters fleas and keeps your dog clean and clear of any fleas that might want to find a permanent home in your dog’s fur coat. It’s a useful, and cheap, trick that’s worked for years.

How to Revamp Your Backyard Patio

August 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to Revamp Your Backyard Patio 

Summary: A chic patio is something every homeowner wants. This guide can help you get there.

Is your patio lacking the aesthetic appeal that you’ve been longing for? This guide is designed to showcase the various types of patio furniture pieces that you can add to your backyard to make it a visually-stunning area that’ll be the envy of all of your friends.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Start by clearing out all your old furniture pieces that are worn and weathered. While they may still have a year or two left on them, if they look out of place and have a now “vintage” feel to them, you might want to consider parting ways. You want to start from scratch. This way, you can choose a theme that best fits your patio style the best.

Once everything’s been cleared and designated for “keeps” and “trash”, do a thorough cleaning of your entire patio. The worst thing that can happen is placing some brand new polyurethane foam sheets on your shiny patio chair only to find out that you’ve just crushed a nest of spiders and other creepy crawlers. Try and wash down every part of your patio and do a deep scrub. If your patio is littered with cobwebs and dead bugs, utilize a powerful bug spray that’ll keep bugs away from your precious space.

Pick a Theme and Go For It

Now that you have a clean space to work with, you’ll want to decide on a theme. Whether it’s contemporary, mid-century modern or whatever you’d like, you’ll want to explore all the options that you have when it comes to purchasing the right furniture pieces. Remember, there are variety of suppliers and manufacturers that sell pieces based on a specific theme. Or, if you want to take the DIY route, companies like the Foam Factory, Inc. can provide you with foam-based materials that you can utilize in all of your patio furniture pieces.

Next, you’ll want to find patio pieces that are both UV and weather resistant to maximize their lifespan. Sure, some pieces might look fantastic outdoors, but when the harsh weather starts to roll around, it’s likely that you’ll have to find a replacement after a couple of months. Not all furniture pieces are built the same. Some may be strictly for an indoor space while others can ward off the spontaneous elements. There are so many options that are available to you, now you just need to take the initiative to find exactly what you’re looking for.